inform the brand new mannequin from the outdated one

Nintendo launched a “new” Change mannequin in 2019, however the unique nonetheless will get offered in sure locations.

The later one, nonetheless very a lot known as the Nintendo Change, is stocked in shops for a similar value as the unique. It comes with higher battery life, and that is nearly the one noticeable distinction, to be sincere.


Nonetheless, as many shops have unique inventory, how are you going to inform the distinction?

Outdated Nintendo Change vs new Change

An excellent whereas again, Nintendo quietly launched a “new” Nintendo Change. Nevertheless it was a refresh of the outdated mannequin, moderately than a full-blown Nintendo Change Professional.

We have now acquired the Change OLED as nicely, so to search out out extra about that mannequin and the variations between it and the traditional Change, try this function:

The newer customary mannequin has higher battery life – round two hours further. It additionally has a brand new processor, though that’s extra to enhance power consumption moderately than improve efficiency.

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Nintendo Change

The Nintendo Change stays a shocking little bit of package.

inform which Change you are shopping for

If you wish to discover the newest model of the usual Nintendo Change, which started hitting retail shops in mid-August 2019, here is how:


Take a look at the field containing the Change:

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New/newest Nintendo Change

The packaging for the brand new Nintendo Change (2019) has a vibrant pink background.

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The packaging for the outdated Nintendo Change has a gray background with a hand.

Serial quantity

Subsequent, affirm the serial quantity.

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The brand new Change ought to have a serial quantity – situated on the underside of the console – that begins with the letters XKW. Some on-line retailers, equivalent to Amazon, might even designate the serial quantity of their product listings.

Mannequin codes and numbers

Sadly, many on-line retailers do not present the serial quantity and should even present packaging for the outdated Change, so to be further certain when procuring on-line, additionally, you will must examine the mannequin quantity on the itemizing.

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The brand new Nintendo Change has a mannequin code that begins with HAD:

  1. HADSKABAA for the mannequin with the blue and pink Pleasure-Con controllers
  2. HADSKAAAA for the mannequin with gray Pleasure-Con controllers

Notice: Authentic Nintendo Change fashions begin with the letters HAC.

Moreover, when holding the brand new Nintendo Change in your arms, examine the mannequin quantity on the again. The brand new Nintendo Change has a quantity that ought to learn HAC-001 (-01), whereas the unique has a mannequin variety of HAC-001.